Political Editorials

Greetings from your state Capitol.The House and Senate took major steps last  week toward the completion of the Fiscal Year 2019 state operating budget. Both chambers must reach an agreement on the spending plan by May 11. The House sent its version of the budget to the Senate at the end of March....
Whether you’re working on the farm, running your small business or taking care of your family, Missourians wake early every day and work diligently to make ends meet. But not everyone has the resources they need to both put food on the table and keep the lights on in the house. My whole life, my...
The issues at the Capitol continued this week with additional major events. First, the House and Senate leadership called for Governor Greitens’ resignation. Second, Attorney General Hawley sent evidence to the St. Louis prosecutor that Greitens probably broke the law on campaign issues. Third, the...
Former State Representative Mary Lou Sallee passed away on April 6.  She served the Missouri House from 1993-2000 and represented the counties of Douglas, Wright and eastern Ozark. Mary Lou dedicated her life to helping young people and serving her community.Last week we had students and teachers...

This file photo of Taylor Brooks, a Dora High School graduate and now a third-year West Point cadet, was taken during one of his appearances at the Gainesville Lions Club.
Every year, I am honored to have the privilege of nominating outstanding young men and women from southern Missouri for appointment to our nation’s finest service academies. In the spring, I am overcome with emotion when calling many of the same students to tell them they have been admitted to one...
Greetings from your state Capitol. I had a short visit with Steve Wilkerson from Douglas County. Steve was here with the Missouri Farm Bureau visiting representatives and senators. It’s always good to see people from the 155th here at the Capitol!Last week the House passed to the Senate the...
Greetings from your state Capitol. Gainesville eighth graders, along with their teachers Sherry Patterson and Trevor Hicks, visited with me and toured the Capitol on March 26. I had a great visit with them and answered their very thought-provoking questions.Last week the House passed to the Senate...
Greetings from your state Capitol. We have made it to our midway point with this session of the 99th General Assembly. In my opinion, we have passed legislation on to the Senate that would positively affect the lives of all Missourians.We finished the budget proposal from our budget committee about...
Greetings from your state Capitol.I had visitors from Douglas County last week: Skyline teachers Deborah Barker and Terri Ryan. It was great to see teachers from the district in my office.Also, Diane Dreckman White, Silver Haired Legislator from Ozark County, was here discussing legislation dealing...
(Excerpted from the latest column.)Currently, Missouri is one of five states where 17-year-old children can be sent to prison for committing crimes, no matter how minor the offense. On Thursday, March 8, my Senate colleagues and I approved Senate Bill 793, legislation that raises the age of adult...

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